When you decide to build a new home or add to your existing home you are about to step forth on an exciting journey, where your hopes and dreams become physical reality.
Your best friend and confidante on this journey will be your architect. Architects turn dreams into reality and will support you through the process. Such a shared journey involves discussions about your personal habits, style preferences, hobbies and even your family relationships, so it’s really important that you choose an architect you can trust.
So how do you find the right architect for you, your vision and, importantly, your budget?
Firstly though, it’s important to understand at the outset why your project should be led by the architect and not by the ‘build’. It’s like putting the ‘cart before the horse’ to lock yourself into a construction package before properly considering the building design with a suitably qualified and independent professional, i.e. an architect. Don’t waste your sizeable investment by overlooking this important stage. Your lifestyle needs and your budget will be better met this way.
‘Working with an architect gives you the best chance of achieving your vision. Finding an architect that suits you and your project is the key to success – from building a new home to developing a commercial space. An architect can help you improve the appearance, functionality and sustainability of your built environment; improve the efficiency of your lifestyle or business and deliver time and cost efficiencies.’
While other ‘specialists’ may provide building design services, architects are rigorously trained in the profession. Much like medical practitioners they have to complete at least seven years of study and practical experience in order to sit the examinations that, once passed, officially acknowledge their qualification as architects. And it doesn’t stop there; to remain accredited they must prove to the architects' Registration Board that they are worthy professionals by completing regular professional development and displaying good industry knowledge.